The Traitor's Game

The Traitor's Game

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Jennifer A. Nielsen's New York Times bestseller The Traitor's Game , which Entertainment Weekly called "the next big YA fantasy," is perfect for fans of the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard and the Throne Of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's second-in-command to the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this -- and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.

The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her rebels has his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both have to decide what -- and who -- it is they're fighting for.
ISBN: 9781338045383
Branch Call Number: TEEN PBK Nie

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darladoodles
Feb 22, 2019

Fans of the False Prince trilogy will be happy to graduate to this new series by Nielsen. The plot is a bit more complicated, the romance meter is ramped up a bit and so is the action. This fantasy is filled with twists and turns as our heroine Kestra struggles to complete a mission she has been blackmailed into without betraying those who deserve her loyalty. Who that is remains difficult to discern thus contributing to an ever surprising narrative. Simon has been assigned to watch over Kestra and make sure she follows through on the task given by him and his partner in crime (Trina). As Kestra is returned to her home she realizes more and more that she is not sure where she truly wants to be. The story is told in alternating POV by Kestra and Simon. I did not always think their voices were as distinct as they could have been. Stay tuned for part two coming out this month. I am definitely ready to follow Kestra and Simon into the next chapter.

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Elyn2004
Nov 23, 2018

I love the book from the moment I have read the first page!!!!!! Maybe a second book will come out soon?????!!!!!

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Tauriel
May 21, 2018

I thought this book was, in a word, weak. I've read some of J. Nielsen's other books, and... they were weak to and I didn't want to continue the series. I felt as if every cliche was in this book and there wasn't really any surprises.

CHARACTERS: Kestra Dallisor fulfills the stereotype of "supposedly fanatically evil person is breaking down with regards to their moral beliefs and thus turns to the 'good' side." It was SOOOOO obvious what she was going to do, and I was never surprised. Her character was weak and the fact that she starts to turn 'good' because she remembers Simon and (gasp) starts to fall in love with him? Weak. Simon, however, I had a little more sympathy for, before he started falling for Kestra, and that's when I just tried to make it through the book alive.

PLOT: No surprises, weak, and I really found no enjoyment in it. I won't be reading the sequel because I just don't care for it and I really don't care what happens next. I can only read so many books, and I won't read them if they're bad.

ACCURACY: I appreciated Nielsen's efforts in making it a fantasy-scifi like story... science in magic, but the only really good example of that off the top of my head right now is Howl's Moving Castle (Dianne Wynn Jones, I think). Instead of firing arrows from a bow, they fired "disks," although they are never really described as to how they work, and so I just had this image of everyone throwing ninja stars, and the lack of description as to what they were and how they worked really irked me.

RECOMMENDATION: I would only check this book out, read the first quarter, and then hand it back in. Unless you're crazy about Jennifer A. Nielsen, I wouldn't bother with this book.

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